//
Total Juvenile Arrests
Section 1 – TOTAL JUVENILE ARRESTS IN CHICAGO


Chicago’s Police Department is the second largest in the United States, employing 14,973 members and serving 2.9 million residents.[1]  Chicago has 25 police districts that cover 77 community areas.  According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 27,563 arrests of youth 17 and under in 2010 in the city of Chicago (some youth may be arrested more than once).  There were an estimated 432,991 youth 17 and under living in Chicago in 2009.[2]

A police officer has the power to decide whether to release or arrest a juvenile if the officer reasonably believes that person committed a crime.  Arrests appear on a young person’s criminal record even when the youth was released without charge, given a station adjustment, or otherwise never convicted.

In the following table, the type of offense is provided for informational purposes, giving context to the number of total arrests.  Data is not available for the numbers of youth with whom the police have contact but do not formally arrest.

Total Number of Arrests of Persons 17 and Under

(City of Chicago, 2009 & 2010)

OFFENSE TYPE

2009

2010

% Change

Felony

6,424

6,068

-5.5%

Misdemeanor

20,153

18,182

-9.8%

Other*

1,124

809

-28%

Total (based on charges)

27,701

25,059

 

Total (based on CPD district numbers)

31,224

27,563

-11.7%

Source: Chicago Police Department’s Research and Development Division, Research and Analysis Section (March 2011), provided in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by First Defense Legal Aid.

*Municipal Ordinance Arrests

From 2003 to 2009, the total number of juvenile (16 and under) arrests in Chicago declined by 25.7%.

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

27,821

28,132

28,751

26,345

24,611

23,018

20,664


[1] Chicago Police Department 2009 Annual Report: A Year in Review – Available at: https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/News/Statistical%20Reports/Annual%20Reports/09AR.pdf

[2] City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services, 2009 Estimated Population and Poverty by Community Area: Ages 6-17 (June 2011), provided in response to a request by Project NIA.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: